Cool, thanks for the input madduckyduck :) I am relatively new (ish) to anime (into it for about 8 months )so an aspect of this thread was to get some recommendations for rentals. I agree vampire hunter D is a great film, very atmospheric and quite gritty. I might check out some of the ones you and Narue mentioned but a lot of these films are quite rare so it might not be that easy to rent them (I live in UK). Any ideas where I could (legally) get hold of some without shelling out £15 odd for a DVD I might not like. I heard that some anime was available for free (and more importantly legally) as a download for promotional purposes, any pointers on that?
> I heard that some anime was available for free (and more importantly legally) as a download for promotional purposes
You can download fansubbed anime, and if it hasn't been licensed for sale in your language/country then it's only illegal in the "we won't come and get you" kind of way. ;) Edward likes http://www.animesuki.com/ because they're good about keeping up with the licensing. It's frustrating when you're part way through a series and it gets licensed though. Then you have to wait for the retail version to get to where you were, or start getting really illegal by following a licensed anime.
I am not a huge fan either, although it is okay. I know I might be slated for this but I like a lot of the studio ghibli productions. I think they are immersive and well made plus they often have a great storyline (depends on which movie lol).
Also another real good one I like is Ninja scrolls (the movie) and then the series which takes place after the movie.
Dang - I was just going to add Ninja Scrolls -- I loved it; along with ghost in the machine and Spirited Away. I don't get to see a lot of them cuz DH does not really like anime yet she loves samurai film like Zatoichi (go figure). We have almost the complete set of the old style and also the new one.